Nov. 18, 2011
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - The NCAA postseason run ended for the Washington State soccer team in a 3-0 loss at No. 8 Virginia, Friday night at Klockner Stadium.
The Cougars (12-7-4) were eliminated on the road by an ACC team in the second round of the NCAA Championship for the second time in three seasons (lost 1-0 at Maryland in 2009). The Cavaliers (16-4-2), a No. 2 seed in the tournament, advanced to a third round match against Virginia Tech.
"Virginia was the better team tonight," Washington State Head Coach Matt Potter said. "Obviously we are disappointed with the loss, but we have a lot to be proud of regarding our season."
In the regular season, the Cougars and Cavaliers battled to a 0-0 tie over 110 minutes. Friday, Virginia grabbed a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute when Lauren Alwine tapped in a loose ball inside the 6-yard mark.
Gloria Douglas made it 2-0 Virginia in the 31st minute when she finished a cross inside the 6-yard mark. Carolina Miller capped the scoring in the 58th minute on a goal from 10 yards out after a cross.
The stat sheet belonged to the Cavaliers as they earned seven corner kicks to three for the Cougars and owned a 22-1 advantage in shots. Senior Ali Fenter's header in the 89th minute was wide left for Washington State's only shot.
Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Gurveen Clair finished ranked on the Cougar single-season lists with an 85.1 save percentage (third), a 0.74 goals against average (third), 12 wins (tied-third), seven shutouts (tied-third) and 97 saves (seventh)...senior Ali Fenter finished her career with 86 matches played and started, both school records...junior Brandi Vega is currently tied for third in Cougar history with seven game-winning goals and tied for ninth all-time at Washington State with 13 goals...senior class of Fenter, Tiara Pittman and Jacquelyn Roth is the first in school history to be a part of three NCAA postseason teams.